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    Default Re: Rosemont - Chicago, IL 11/9/09

    It's Peter Thorn. Thanks for catching that, I'll update my previous post. I had Chris Cornell in my head, thus mixing the two names!

    I was frantically searching him out last night. I think my comparison to TBS is pretty close, as Peter is some hot in demand session musician. Kinda like Timothy was back in the day. I'm going to be paying more attention to him in the future!

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    ltl - great detective work in finding all this stuff about the show. I think you and some of our other Borderers would make great investigative reporters.

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    Yes, thanks for the link. It's good to have more photos from the event!

    Quote Originally Posted by AmarilloByMorning
    I also presumed the entire arrangement a veiled or perhaps inadvertent reference to the "Addicted to Love" video - him in a Palmer-esque suit, the girls in those precise outfits with the peculiar, robotic arm motions that never deviated. Odd. Beautiful backdrop, though; the lighting technicians and coordinators ought to be heralded.
    I'm afraid Don's love for suits goes far beyond any conscious or subconscious desire to emulate Robert Palmer's infamous objectification of women. People like to blame Glenn for the suits on the LROOE tour - and I think he was the impetus - but Don seems to like 'em a lot, too, as he has actively defended their wardrobe from the stage!

    Still, I have to admit it's amusing to picture Don taking the place of Palmer in the Addicted to Love video.

    For those who haven't seen it:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaanhWsoSEs[/ame]

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    I experienced difficulty forming coherent thoughts yesterday after arriving home at 1:15 and waking at 5, so all apologies for docking the ship a bit late. My predecessors basically canvassed everything, but a few notes:

    Perhaps due to my Crosby and Sinatra allegiance, I found “September Song” extremely disappointing by way of covers. However, he did provide fodder for his reputation as a walking encyclopedia, unfurling a completely accurate (and only slightly truncated) back story before unleashing his completely milquetoast version of it. He just didn’t make it his own, which (as proven by “Unclouded Day”) he’s absolutely capable of doing. On the same theme, I don’t like “It Don’t Matter to the Sun” any better when Don sings it. That’s basically the extent of my criticism. I entertained a complete ambivalence for EWTRTW until he cut into it, and have played it about twenty times since the show; so, I have to hand it to him.

    I really appreciated hearing the LWE story in person, because words cannot really convey how insouciantly the woman responded to him until he demonstrates it – she apparently swiveled her arm directly overhead as a Barbie with limited mobility would, forcing him to retrieve it somewhere behind her head. His imitation of Jack Nicholas merited several giggles, as well as the offhanded observation that he “crawled back to the other side of the room.” Tee-hee. I’m unsuccessfully trying to imagine someone turning him down in the ‘80s… Anyway, after coursing previous reviews, I really did not expect anything by way of humor – he proved he certainly has it in him. The way he said “You’re from my home town? Do I know you?” reminded me of something I can’t really place - very high-pitched and cute, completely incongruous with the persona he’s typically afforded.

    On a shallow note, Pete Thorn is absolutely gorgeous. I also had a difficult time believing Don is 62. Perhaps it’s the “insane” 13-year-old’s influence. J

    Quote Originally Posted by luvthelighthouse View Post
    He had an opening act. IMO, they sounded like a bar's house band.
    The opening act… “a bar house’ band” is immensely polite; after enduring two songs we wandered out into the lobby to gawk at the porcelain figurines. But we had the most fantastic drunks behind us, who formed their own little peanut gallery – “Who the hell is this guy?” “Some reject Henley met at a bar and his fantastic toupee. Maybe if we remain polite and attentive he’ll adulterate Margaritaville.” I wanted to give them a standing ovation . . . It’s the little things in life.

    Perhaps the ticket price proved an impediment, but the venue seemed at sixty percent capacity, perhaps sixty-five.

    Didn’t the girls bear a remarkable resemblance to Palmer’s? It seemed so peculiar, the exact same steps and arm motions with every appearance they made, plus the high collars on their dresses. I made every effort not to pout when he appeared in a suit instead of flannel, but I suppose Emily Post’s ghost would have haunted him had he emerged in the latter at a theater. Great night.

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    ABM, we must be channeling each other! I didn’t really care for his cover songs either. Having such a huge collection of solo material, by bother with covers? However, EWTRTW has been in my head for the past two days!

    So, you agree w/the Palmer girls, eh? Just bizarre, IMO. I think Peter Thorn may have some new fans in us! He was directly in front of me. Since there was no first row, I was really three rows back… so my view of him was amazing! He was so smokin’ hot. We made eye contact twice and I had to divert my eyes, because I felt like I felt like a cougar on the prowl. You didn’t mention, where were your seats? You probably walked right past us in the lobby during the opening act!

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    Yep LTLH we are most definitely inhabiting the same channel! My seats were in the center on the left aisle, aligned with the guitarist who shall be known as Mr. Gorgeous, so I basically sat about fifteen rows directly behind you. And I probably did walk right past you! You were quite fortunate in your proximity. I'm sure he was even better-looking close up. For the record, I'm only slightly envious. Slightly. A pale shade of chartreuse.

    I would have loved to hear something else off of Beast or Innocence in lieu of the covers; you're completely correct, why bother with covers? All my intense lyric memorization prior to the show (you know, in case he pulled out an old gem I hadn't heard in a while) proved for naught. The show just lagged at the beginning... he should have taken a tip from his other day job and opened with a hit to ignite the atmosphere. But he's the billionaire showman and I'm not, so...

    "A cougar on the prowl" Haha! Flattery's flattery. My father and I went together (because nobody in my generation has taste, but that's another thread entirely) and at the bar he glanced around and commented, "Everybody will think I have a young girlfriend! Smile!" Thanks, Dad.

    Yes, Peter Thorn definitely picked up two new fans just by being fabulous! That gorgeous Beatles hair. . . It helped that he played the hell out of the guitar, too. We'll have to ferret out what he's done on his own, and with whom he intends to tour next. Perhaps a Five for Fighting concert is in order.

    Palmer girls... creepy. No expressions. The same motions. Over. And over. And over.
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    Default Re: Rosemont - Chicago, IL 11/9/09

    When I was standing in line for the cash machine as the opening act played, the guy behind me told his friend he thought they were "excruciating." That seemed about right to me.

    I have to agree that I Put a Spell on You, September Song, and It Don't Matter to the Sun were all lacking energy. Honestly, they lacked a lot of emotion too, as he seemed to be trying very hard to sing them correctly. His eyes were scrunched closed even more tightly than usual!

    A note about that - I know it's his way to keep his eyes closed most of the time (Glenn does it too) but when he was rockin' out to I Will Not Go Quietly, he was meeting eyes in the audience... those bright baby blues were burning and it was HOT. Shortened my breath for a second when his eyes very briefly met mine. If he did that more often, his performance would be taken up another notch.

    I do resent that one of those covers probably took the place of My Thanksgiving, which I really wanted to hear. That said, at least he didn't pull out the same setlist from the last tour, completely unchanged. He took out Sunset Grill to make room for one of the covers, for instance, and I'm cool with that. The song is OK, but if he needs to take out something to shake things up, that's the one to discard. Plus, that high "Don't worry, girl" part must be hard to sing. I was surprised he cut Witchy Woman with the whole Halloween thing at the beginning but hey, whatever! Maybe he was tired of saying it wasn't about Stevie Nicks.

    I think Henley overpriced his top tier tickets and that's what kept the crowd down. Just because the Eagles can get $200 a ticket doesn't mean that he can command $150 as a solo act. He can get it from big fans and people with money to burn, but those folks aren't enough to fill a theater (obviously).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodascouts View Post
    I think Henley overpriced his top tier tickets and that's what kept the crowd down. Just because the Eagles can get $200 a ticket doesn't mean that he can command $150 as a solo act. He can get it from big fans and people with money to burn, but those folks aren't enough to fill a theater (obviously).
    Yes, seeing as how there were two empty seats next to me in 4th row, yeah, I'd say they were overpriced. I bet if he kept it between 75-100 he probably would have sold the place out, or come close. $140 is alot of money for a ticket!

    ABM, I'm sure I walked past you on the way to meet Soda and Rambo in the lobby. Wish we had known you were going to be there, I would have liked to have said hi!

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    Just a few thoughts... Nancy and luvinthelighthouse covered just about everything

    The theater was no where near full -- I had an entire row by myself! And I could have moved closer, but I like being away from people, also this allowed me to record without having to worry.

    Henley was clearly in a good mood, which apparently makes all the difference -- he didn't chastise the audience for pictures or dancing, he just performed his set with a smile and some stories, like a true professional. His stories were hilarious and I'll upload the ones I have on video. The show started slow and dull. I Put a Spell on You and September Song are lounge music and I was not impressed. One of these Nights didn't do much to help. The concert truly started for me with New York Minute which is my second favorite song off of EOI, which I have just recently come to love. The story before the Last Worthless Evening was very funny and I loved his Jack Nicholson impression. It Doesn't Matter to the Sun was another song I thought was dull. From then on the show was fantastic. The new intro to "End of the Innocence" was beautiful, and he followed that with his one good cover (in my opinion) of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and he followed that with The Heart of the Matter, another classic.

    The final third of the show was excellent! He did Dirty Laundry, Boys of Summer, All She Wants to do is Dance, and Life in the Fast Lane right in a row! Wow! No time to breathe in between, either. Henley knows how to close a show! The encore was HC and Desperado. I heard some folks around me gasp in surprise when he started playing the latter.

    I was pleasantly surprised when he came out for a second encore with "I Will Not Go Quietly" and "Please Come Home For Christmas". Could not have ended better.

    I got audio of everything up and including The Heart of the Matter. All the rest is VIDEO. However, I accidentally deleted Desperado and I'm not sure if I Will Not Go Quietly is going to work out. I will be uploading these all onto a new youtube channel because I'm sure Henley's trolls will hunt them down and probably delete the whole account, so I don't want that affecting my main channel.

    I wish he had dropped three of the covers and replaced them with Witchy Woman and Sunset Grill (Or If Dirt Were Dollars lol). Witchy Woman would have been a FANTASTIC opener. Oh well, great show nonetheless. Certainly worth the $35 I paid and the drive down.

    Video / audio coming soon -- download them quick before Henley's trolls get them!

    Set List:
    # “I Put a Spell On You”
    # ”One of These Nights”
    # ”September Song”
    # ”New York Minute”
    # ”The Last Worthless Evening”
    # ”It Don't Matter to the Sun”
    # ”The End of the Innocence”
    # ”Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
    # ”The Heart of the Matter”
    # ”Dirty Laundry”
    # ”The Boys of Summer”
    # ”All She Wants To Do Is Dance”
    # ”Life in the Fast Lane”
    # ”Hotel California”
    # ”Desperado”
    # ”I Will Not Go Quietly”
    # ”Please Come Home For Christmas”
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    Default Re: Rosemont - Chicago, IL 11/9/09

    Here's the first half of the show... ALL audio... Also, I used two of your photos, luvinthelighthouse -- I hope that is OK!

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9dt795J2PQ[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6F9QNMiumE[/ame]

    (a little video at the start of this one):
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2hlY7FohmI[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aj-TmY5HHc[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzbYUv9gyKM[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxWBAaPF7D4[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2MC7z-FzW0[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hu8bqLqgIY[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90wrqbUjHhQ[/ame]

    All the rest are Video and they are coming next! Hurry and download these!!!

    This might help with the downloading...
    http://www.mediaconverter.org/
    Last edited by RamboIV; 11-12-2009 at 05:18 AM.
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